Department of Philosophy

Faculty & Staff

Kathleen Jewell

Philosophy
Secretary
Phone: 902-420-5823
Email: kathleen.jewell@smu.ca

Fax: 902-491-6286
Room: MN508

Office Hours:

September 1 to May 30 - Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

June 1 to August 31: Mon to Fri - 8:00 am to 12 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm



Scott Edgar

Scott Edgar, Chair

Philosophy
Associate Professor
Phone: 902-420-5820
Email: scott.edgar@smu.ca

Room: MN523

Teaching: Early Modern Philosophy; Kant; Nineteenth-Century Philosophy; Critical Thinking

Publications: “The Limits of Experience and Explanation: F.A. Lange and Ernst Mach on Things in Themselves,” British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2013); “Kant’s Transcendental Deduction and a Cognitive Interpretation of the first Critique,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2010); “Hermann Cohen,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2010); “Logical Empiricism, Politics, and Professionalism,” Science and Education (2009); “Paul Natorp and the Emergence of Anti-Psychologism in the Nineteenth Century,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science (2008)


Robert Ansell

Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Phone: 902-420-5819
Email: robert.ansell@smu.ca

Room: MN530

Degrees: B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Glasgow)

Teaching: Human Freedom; Philosophies of Life; Business Ethics

Publications: “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Multinational Corporations in the Third World” (co-author: W.L. Archer), University of New Brunswick Law Journal (1998)


Todd Calder

Philosophy
Associate Professor
Phone: 902-420-5826
Email: todd.calder@smu.ca

 

On leave from Jan 1 2021 to June 1, 2021

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Dalhouse), M.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Western)

Room: MN529
Office Hours: 

Homepage: https://tccalderdotcom.wordpress.com/

Teaching: Ethics; Evil; Sex and Sexuality

Publications: https://tccalderdotcom.wordpress.com/research/


Shelagh Crooks

Philosophy
Professor
Phone: 902-420-5824
Email: shelagh.crooks@smu.ca

Professor

Undergraduate Advisor and Graduate Coordinator

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (Saint Mary’s), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

Room: MN526
Office Hours: 

Teaching: Argumentation Theory; Philosophical Foundations of Education; David Hume; Critical Thinking; Ethics of Belief

Publications: “Teaching for Inquiry,” Paideia (2010); “Teaching for Argumentative Thought,” Teaching Philosophy (2009)


Lisa Gannett

Philosophy
Professor
Phone: 902-420-5822
Email: lisa.gannett@smu.ca

Room: MN522
Office Hours: 

Degrees: B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Western)

Teaching: Scientific Method; Science and Society; Philosophical Issues in Feminism; Environmental Ethics; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Biology; Feminist Philosophy

Publications 


John E. MacKinnon

Philosophy
Associate Professor
Phone: 902-420-5821
Email: john.mackinnon@smu.ca

Room: MN532
Office Hours: 

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.) (McGill), M.A. (Toronto), M.Phil. (Exeter), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Teaching: Aesthetics; Aristotle and the Hellenists; Contemporary Debates in the Philosophy of Art; Kant; Philosophy and Literature; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy of History; Philosophy of Language

Publications: “Narrative Rhyme and the Good Life,” Philosophy and Literature (forthcoming); “Frank Sibley,” in Michael Kelley (ed.) Encyclopedia of Aesthetics [Second Edition] (Oxford University Press; 2014); “The Road to Wellnessville,” Philosophy and Literature (October 2013); “Spells of Trauma in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (2010); Review of Douglas Walton’s Abductive ReasoningReview of Metaphysics (2006); “Risk and Resilience in Catherine Bush’s Minus Time,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2006); “Law and Tenderness in Bernhard Schlink’s The Reader,” Law and Literature (2004); “Crime, Compassion, and The Reader,” Philosophy and Literature (2003); “Aesthetic Supervenience: For and Against,” British Journal of Aesthetics (2001)  



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Mark Mercer

Philosophy
Professor
Phone: 902-420-5825
Email: mark.mercer@smu.ca

On leave from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021

Room: MN524
Office Hours:

Home Page:  http://professormarkmercer.ca/

Degrees: B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Teaching: Epistemology; Ethics; Philosophy of Mind; Plato and the Presocratics

Publications: “Academic Freedom of Thought,” Prospero (2017); “Why Study Philosophy?”, Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study Philosophy (2015); “The New Old Atheism,” Open Letters Monthly: An Arts and Literature Review (2011); “In Defence of Believing Wishfully,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy (2010); “The Significance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism,” Christmas: Philosophy for Everyone (2010); “Folk Psychology’s Epistemic Credentials,” Facta Philosophica (2007) 


Carmel Forde

Philosophy
Assistant Professor
Phone: 902-420-5818
Email: carmel.forde@smu.ca

Room: MN525

Teaching: The Empiricists; Bioethics; Business Ethics; Ethics and the Law; Environmental Ethics; Political Philosophy; Critical Thinking 

Research: Developmental change; learning; philosophical anthropology; critical psychology; development of consciousness and self-consciousness in ontogeny; philosophy of nature; labour and union issues


Jeff Spring

Philosophy
Part-time Instructor
Email: jeff.spring@smu.ca

Degrees: B.A. (Carleton), M.A. (London), M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Western)
 
Teaching: Political Philosophy; Ethics and Value Theory; Critical Thinking; Propaganda and Truth
 
Research: Human Rights; Global Justice
 
Select Publications: Review of Benjamin Gregg’s The Human Rights State: Justice Within and Beyond Nations, The Review of Politics (2018); Review of Diana Tietjens Meyers, ed. Poverty, Agency, and Human Rights, Journal of Moral Philosophy (2017); “On the Rescuing of Rights in Feminist Ethics,” Praxis Journal of Philosophy (2011); “Rights and Well-Being in Amartya Sen’s Value Theory,” The Journal of Value Inquiry (2011)

Wayne Grennan

Philosophy
Professor Emeritus
Email: wgrennan@eastlink.ca

Degrees: B.Eng. (NSTC), B.A. (Hons.), M.A. (Dalhousie), D.Phil. (Oxford)

Publications: Informal Logic: Issues and Techniques (1997); Argument Evaluation (1984)